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January 13,1976: The first reading machine capable of translated printed material into spoken words...

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The first reading machine capable of translated printed material into spoken words was unveiled on this date in 1976 by inventor Raymond Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind. Kurzweil, a pioneering scientist...

Holocaust museum to be inaugurated in Oporto, Portugal

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Oporto, the second-largest city in Portugal after Lisbon, plans to inaugurate a new Holocaust museum. It will be the city’s first museum of this kind. Oporto Jewish community president Dias Ben-Zion and the mayor of...

January 9, 1886: Ida Cohen, the creator of the Maidenform bra, was born

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The creator of the Maidenform bra, Ida Cohen Rosenthal, was born on this date in 1886 near Minsk. A socialist and feminist, she came to New York as an 18-year-old immigrant and began a...

January 8,1986: Sandra Feldman became the first women elected to head the United Federation...

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Sandra Feldman became the first women elected to head the United Federation of Teachers on this date in 1986. A decade later, she would become president of the American Federation of Teachers, a position...

January 6, 1941: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his “Four Freedoms” State of the...

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his “Four Freedoms” State of the Union Address on this date in 1941, in which he justified America’s role as an “arsenal of democracy” against Nazism through the lend-lease...
From left: Rahamim Madmoni, (left) the son of Shlomo Madmoni, who was slain during the 1939 Arab riots while attempting to rescue a Torah scroll and other synagogue property, with Shiloah public council head Gadi Bashari and Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Ofir Akunis.

First-ever memorial held in Silwan for Jew slain in 1939 Arab riots

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The first-ever memorial day for Shlomo Madmoni was held on Monday in the village of Shiloah (Silwan) in eastern Jerusalem, also known as the Yemenite village. The event, initiated by the Shiloah public council,...

January 5, 1939: Nazis Declare: Karaites Are Not Racially Jewish

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On January 5, 1939, the Reich Office for Genealogical Research issued a written opinion stating that it did not view the Karaite community as being racially connected to the Jews. Although this was hardly the...

December 30, 1066: The Granada Massacre

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A Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada, Spain on this date in 1066, crucified Joseph ibn Naghrela, the Jewish vizier to the Berber king, and massacred more than a thousand Jewish families....
American-born Israeli author and journalist Yossi Klein Halevi holds “I Am My Brothers Keeper” sign circa 1970. Credit: Courtesy.

50th anniversary of Leningrad trial sparks memories, educational initiatives

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On Dec. 15, 1970, a small item appeared at the top of page three of The New York Times under the jarring headline, ‘Soviets Reported Trying 11, Mostly Jews, in Hijacking.’ Few could have predicted that...
Books. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Morocco to become first Arab nation to teach Jewish history, culture in schools

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Trailblazing change, Morocco on Sunday announced that its schools will soon begin teaching Jewish history and culture as part of the official curriculum—a first in the region and in the North African country, where...